July 4 fireworks off in GF
By Billy Stidham
There won’t be any Fourth of July fireworks for Green Forest this year.
Mayor Jerry Carlton told the city council at its meeting Tuesday that the city was unable to arrange for the fireworks display this year.
“I wanted to apologize to the council and city that I wasn’t more informative about what we were doing with the 4th of July fireworks we purchased last year,” Carlton said.
Carlton said bad weather prevented the city from shooting fireworks last year.
“We called the company we had credit with for the fireworks purchased last year,” he said. “… They were booked for the whole month of July.”
The city might have been able to shoot the fireworks itself, but only city employee is licensed to shoot the fireworks and that employee “didn’t feel comfortable doing so,” according to Carlton.
Also, the mayor said, “The equipment we have to set them off is old and probably wouldn’t pass inspection.”
“We usually do fireworks the week before or the week after the fourth of July, but there won’t be any this year,” said Buddy Fry, the city’s director of public works.
The council earlier approved a request for qualification bids to find an engineering firm equipped to work on the city’s sewer system.
The council also approved a rebuild of a pump that recently broke. The cost of the rebuild will be $6,919, Fry said.
The council also unanimously approved the purchase of new body cameras and car cameras for the Green Forest Police Department, as well as a two-car pad for the fire department’s ambulance bays.
The council also heard an update on improvements at Larimer Park, which will be outfitted with new lighting beginning in early July.
The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at City Hall. The council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, for a mid-year budget review.